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The Central Club section of the Rideau Trail begins at Murphys Point Provincial Park and ends at Rosedale, just north of Smiths Falls. The area is very scenic with rivers, lakes and rocky outcrops of the Canadian Shield. It encompasses the historic towns of Perth and Smiths Falls as well as portions of the Rideau Canal. Hikes are organized on most weekends throughout the year as well as on Wednesday mornings.

Group Outings

If these outings interest you, you may wish to become a member of the Rideau Trail Association. As a member you will receive a quarterly newsletter containing a list of all the hikes, social activities, news from each club and other interesting articles.

Organized outings commence with all participants gathering at the meeting location. From there, those without transportation or those who wish to do so, carpool to the starting point of the outing. Times displayed for each outing are departure times from the meeting place and are strictly adhered to.

Our quarterly newsletter contains details on outings with contact information for the leaders. If you have questions or concerns, RTA members can call or email the leader well in advance of any hike they’d would like to join. Not an RTA member? Join today! For more information please call the Central Club at 613-267-5756 or email the RTA at info@rideautrail.org.

It’s important to arrive properly prepared for the outing, so please consult the leader if you have questions. Descriptions of the levels of difficulty are available on our Trail Behaviour page.

Note: Outings which require RSVP are not listed on the website. For information on these and more, you may wish to become a member of the RTA!

Upcoming Outings

CANCELLED: Saturday Mar. 14 Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Mill Pond

Level 2, moderate pace. 7 km. Snowshoes and/or icers will be required. Depart Conlon Farm 9 a.m. Gas $4.

CANCELLED: Sunday Mar. 22 Rideau Trail Hike or blue trail hike in Mica Mines area.

Level 2, moderate pace. 8 km. Icers and /or snowshoes will be required. Depart Conlon Farm at 9:00am. Gas: $4.

CANCELLED: Wednesday Mar. 25 Wheelers Maple Bush

Level 1, moderate pace. A short walk around Wheelers Bush before enjoying a plate of pancakes and maple syrup. Icers and /or snowshoes will be required.  Depart Conlon Farm at 9:30am. Gas: $4.

CANCELLED: Saturday Mar. 28 Cataraqui Trail

Level 1, 8km. Moderate pace hike from Hwy 15 near Elgin to Chaffey’s Locks. Depart Conlon Farm at 9:00am. Icers required.  Car shuttle. Gas $4. Some may wish to stay for lunch at the Opinicon.

CANCELLED: Sunday Mar. 29 Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Foley Mountain

Level 2, moderate pace. 8 km. Icers and /or snowshoes may be required.  A hike through forest with some lovely views. Parking fee. Gas $4. Depart Conlon Farm 9 a.m.

CANCELLED: Sunday April 5 Rideau Trail Hike 09B to 08G

Level 2. Moderate pace. 7.6 km. Icers may be required. Car shuttle. Parking fee. Gas $4. Depart Conlon Farm 9 a.m.

CANCELLED: Saturday April 11 Rideau Trail 05F to 06A Upper Rock Lake to Skycroft

Level 2. Moderate pace. 9 km. Icers and /or snowshoes may be required. Car shuttle. Gas $4. Depart Conlon Farm 9 a.m.

CANCELLED: Saturday April 18 Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail Smiths Falls

Level 1. Moderate pace. 10 km. Gas $3. Depart Conlon Farm 9 a.m.

CANCELLED: Saturday April 25 Murphy’s Point Provincial Park 3 beaches hike

Level 2. Moderate pace. 10 km. Through park campgrounds and trails. Depart Conlon Farm 9:00 a.m. Park fee. Car pool $3. Spring conditions/water hazards. Hiking boots and pole/s recommended.

CANCELLED: Sunday April 26 Rideau Valley CA Foley Mountain

Level 2. Moderate pace. 8 km. Icers may be required. Depart Conlon Farm 9a.m. Park fee. Gas $4.

Saturday May 2 Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail Franktown

Level 1. Moderate pace. 8 km.  Depart Conlon Farm 9 a.m. Gas $3.

Saturday May 9 Rideau Valley CA Foley Mountain

Level 2. Slow pace to view wild flowers. 6 km.  Depart Conlon Farm 9 a.m. Park fee. Gas $4.

Sunday May 17 Murphy’s Point Provincial Park Round Lake Loop Wild Flower Extravaganza

Level 2. Moderate pace. Level 2. 12 km. Depart Conlon Farm  9 a.m. Car pool 3$.

Saturday May 23 Miners Point Road to Black Ance Bay overlook and return, plus extensions.

Level 2/3. Moderate pace. 12 km. Depart Perth Golf Club at 1:30 p.m. Car pool $3. Dress to suit conditions. Hiking boots and pole/s recommended.

 

Saturday May 30 Rideau Trail 13A to 13 E Wood Road to Merrickville

Level 2. Moderate pace. 14 km. Depart Conlon Farm at 9:00 a.m. Car pool $4. Car shuttle.

Sunday June 7 Rideau Trail Hike 08C to 08G Rideau Lake North Shore

Level 2. Moderate pace. 10.6 km. Depart Conlon Farm at 9:00 a.m.  Car shuttle. Gas $4.

Sunday June 14 Rideau Valley CA Mill Pond

Level 2. Moderate pace. 6 km.  Depart Conlon Farm at 9:00 a.m. Gas $4.

Saturday June 20 Frontenac Provincial Park Tetsmine Loop

Level 2. Moderate pace. 11 km. Depart Conlon Farm at 9:00 a.m. Gas $5.

Sunday June 28 Rideau Trail Hike 09E to 09 B Mica Mines Trail.

Level 2. Moderate pace. 11 km. Depart Conlon Farm at 9:00 a.m. Car shuttle. Gas $3.


Meeting Locations

Outings depart at 9:00 a.m. from Conlon Farm (127 Smith Drive @ Conlon Drive Perth, ON K7H 3N1) – unless otherwise specified.

Outing Preparation

It’s important to arrive properly prepared for the outing, so please contact the leader if you have any questions. Descriptions of the levels of difficulty are available on our Trail Behaviour page.

Note: Outings which require RSVP are not listed on the website. For information on these and more, you may wish to become a member of the RTA!

Central Club